tibet-scenery Photos

All the different altitudes of Tibet spots average at 4,900 m (16,000 ft), which makes it the highest region of the planet and it earns it the other name under which it is known – the Roof of the World. Hidden behind a wall of the highest mountains in the world, Tibet has been through the centuries the most isolated state or region in the world.

The Tibetan plateau is the highest-situated plateau in the world and also the most recently formed one. It is crossed by mountain chains of over 6,000 m and it is framed by the peaks of the Himalayas. The Himalayan chain has impressive peaks of over 8,000 m, such as Cho Oyu or Chomolungma (Everest, at 8,850 m). Tibet is streamed by many rivers springing in the Himalayan glaciers, the most important of them being Tsangbo river, also known as Brahmaputra.

Spreading on an immense area (seven times larger than France) and almost entirely deserted, Tibet offers the image of a cold rocky semi-desert, its average temperature remaining under zero Celsius, at an average altitude of over 4,500 (human settlements being situated at altitudes between 2,800-5,300 m).

Beside the dazzling heights, what astonished anyone who traverse Tibet is its vastness, and then its emptiness, almost thoroughly, and the absolute silence. Bathed in a light that seems surreal, the scenery is sprinkled with passes of over 5,000 m, rocky boulders and sacred lakes of deep blue. In some parts, the scenery becomes so strange, as from another world, with the mountains eroded by water streams which give it such an eerie air.